One of the world’s most prestigious opera boxes is now available to rent via Airbnb for the first time ever.
The historic Palais Garnier Opera in Paris, which inspired The Phantom of the Opera, will transform one of its extravagant private viewing areas into a majestic bedchamber for one night only.
Fans of the world-famous musical will be able to follow in the footsteps of le Fantôme by staying overnight in the building that inspired it all. The two lucky guests will sleep in the largest opera box in the Palais Garnier, the Box of Honour, and will be treated to a tour of the Palais’ hidden areas, incredible private archives and even the famous underground lake from the novel.
But that’s not all: guests will also enjoy a private ballet initiation with one of Opera de Paris Ballet’s dancers, an exclusive recital by the artists of Paris Opera Academy – accompanied with champagne and hors d’oeuvres – as well as dinner in the lavish Foyer de la Danse, the historic rehearsal room located behind the stage, where dancers warm up before the show.
Sound like the ultimate dream? Winners will also be able to take in the spellbinding views of the picturesque Parisian skyline from underneath the eaves of the iconic opera house.
The stay will be hosted by Véronique Leroux – the great-granddaughter of Gaston Leroux, who originally created the legendary phantom character.
‘My great-grandfather’s classic story has inspired so many people through the years,’ says Véronique. ‘This is the perfect time to honour him and welcome “phans” to the famous setting of his much-loved novel for a once-in-a-lifetime stay.’
The actual overnight stay will take place on the 16th of July 2023 and will cost just €37, to reflect the Box of Honour’s number. But fans will be able to request to book the exclusive stay at 5pm on Wednesday 1st March 2023.
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